1. MISSING PLANE
Underwater scans: The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is a highly sophisticated affair. The underwater vessel looking for traces of the missing jetliner in the Indian Ocean resurfaced today ahead of schedule to fix a technical issue. It was the second day in a row the Bluefin-21 cut short its scanning mission. None of these are big problems, just relatively short interruptions in what’s expected to be a two-month mission to scan the entire search area. The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished March 8 with 239 people aboard after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, bound for Beijing.
2. BOSTON MARATHON SCARE
Remembering: Yesterday marked the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. A solemn crowd paused to remember the terrorist attack that claimed three lives and injured more than 260 others. The observance wasn’t without a few security scares, both involving backpacks. Hours after the ceremony, a police bomb squad investigated two backpacks near the marathon finish line – one left by a media outlet, the other carried by a man. Neither turned out to be a threat, according to police. Both were detonated as a precaution. This year’s race will be held Monday.
3. AL QAEDA MEETING
Out in the open: A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn’t know about it or couldn’t get a drone there in time to strike. U.S. officials won’t comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by the United States. In the clip, the man known as al Qaeda’s crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Officials say it’s another sign that al Qaeda remains a dangerous threat.
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